5 items from 2009
We previously mentioned Derek Yee's upcoming gun bonanza thriller 槍王之王 (Triple Tap), starring Louis Koo, Daniel W, Charlene Choi and Li Bingbing, which recently completed its shoot in utmost secrecy. And why would you shut yourself off and work a few months away from cameras and the rather noisy Hk press? So you can devise the most diabolical shootouts Hk has seen in a while.
The director of 門徒 (Protégé) is coming back with this psychological thriller starring Koo as Kwan Yau-Fu, a master sharpshooter who meets fellow marksman and police officer Chi-Wai (Wu) in the final match of an Ipsc contest. Using The Film Catalogue's synopsis:
"Champion competitive marksman Ken comes across an armored van robbery. He sees a policeman held hostage and shoots and kills four of the robbers. One of the robbers escapes and the policeman survives. The case is handled by Jerry Chang, whom Ken »
Maggie Cheung alert!
She walked the Taiwanese red carpet today in this white number to your left. She was presenting Best Picture at the Golden Horse Awards. The Golden Horse is Taiwanese in origin but it's for Chinese language films regardless of country of origin so it's very competitive now. Warlords and Lust, Caution, which both had international releases, were recent winners of Best Picture.
This year, Maggie handed the trophy to No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti which, if we ever see it in the States, might be called I Can't Live Without You or Not Without You. That's Taiwan's submission for this year's Foreign Language Film Oscar race. The film is from actor/director Leon Dai and it's about a poor man who loses his daughter once the government learns of their illegal living conditions.
No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti (2009) from Taiwan
Best Picture: No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti
Best Director: Leon Dai, »
- NATHANIEL R
....aaaand she's saying no.
It's a no with a long list of "official" reasons in all likelihood (schedule conflicts and whatnot), but the Chinese press is going straight for the jugular, suggesting that the very revealing, all-nude scenes she would have had to shoot with Zhang Ziyi - including one where the characters write on each other's bodies - were the culprit. Shu notoriously started her career very young with a few Cat. III flicks and a nude photoshoot (Google is your friend, unless you're at work), after which she always tried to distance herself from anything even remotely associated with nudity, so it's understandable. Zhang is still trying to convince Shu and her management, but speculation as to whom will be her next choice should negotiations fail is already heating up, with netizens suggesting names like Fan Bingbing (not a snowball's chance in hell), Ruby Lin, Yao Chen, and »
Nothing on Twitch about this yet that I could see, so let’s play catchup – WWII espionage thriller The Message from Chen Kuo-Fu (Double Vision) and Gao Qunshu (Tokyo Trial) looks to be the next high-profile Chinese blockbuster. Mainland production giant Huayi Bros. are throwing money at it, along with an A-list cast (Zhou Xun, Li Bingbing, Huang Xiaoming, Wang Zhiwen), some pretty slick production design, an intriguing premise and lots of room for nationalist melodrama. Could be a classic, could just be an entertaining bucket of popcorn, but either way it’s looking very promising. Synopsis, a YouTube teaser, first trailer and relevant weblinks all follow after the break.
- Eight Rooks
Chinese entertainment portal Sina has released some concept artwork from director Tsui Hark’s historical thriller Detective Dee and the Mystery of Phantom Flame. Reason enough for me to finally write an article on the project.
The film takes place in the Tang Dynasty and tells the story of the detective Di Ren Jie (or Dee) who gets called back from exile by the Chinese empress Wu Zetian to solve a series of mysterious deaths of high court officials. During his investigations Dee gains support from the bustling commander Bei and a master of disguise names Ghost Doctor.
Next to Hong Kong’s darling Andy Lau, Carina Lau (Ashes of Time), Li Bing Bing (Forbidden Kingdom), Tony Leung Kar Fai (Election) and Lau Ching Wan (Mad Detective) will star in this 13 million Us$ production. Sammo Hung will be responsible for choreographing the action scenes. Shootings have begun in May, Detective »
5 items from 2009
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